I almost made up my mind to purchase the RG927QMZ Premium
, but after reading a lot of forums and YouTube vids, I’m in a dilemma whether to go ahead with an Indonesian or a Japanese manufactured guitar. Keeping in mind the budget I have, the premium sounds like a decent bet.
Is it advisable to invest in MII RG927QMZ considering the price tag on it or spend more and buy a prestige? People speak both good and bad about the guitars which are manufactured in Indonesia (MII), especially the finishing, playability, tonality and the even the pups. At the same time some really praise them a lot saying its absolute worth for money in all respects. I read somewhere, the quality of these guitars was average when Ibanez set up factory there but of late the quality has gone up enormously.
I have a JS
1200 (MIJ) and is a brilliant guitar (also the price I paid for it)!! I know the Japs are very thorough with the Q.C. Hence they are more expensive and better quality.
Please shed some light on it.
If you want the premium I would be glad to give you a list of things to check :
1) string alignment, a little off (e.g. 0.05->0.1mm) is no problem. Measure with a filler gauge the clearance on both sides. Write down the numbers
2) neck stability : check that the neck does not move relative to the body when going from full dive to full pull up
3) nut height. Fret the 2nd fret on each string. It should almost touch the 1st fret
4) nut stability : nut should not move under heavy trem usage
5) pups should not be angled/slanted but parallel to the body
6) raise the action to "silly low" as per Rich's ibanezrules.com site and play every single fret for buzzes, there should be minimal
7) play the guitar under high gain and check the sustain all over the fretboard and strings
ppl feel free to add your checks to the list
also 86boy, if you get this guitar, you most probably would want to change the saddle intonation screws right away : they might be not so good. But this is an easy fix. Also bar in mind that it will take time till you learn all the tricks of the EZ ii-7 ZPS trem!